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Pianist Jocelyn Dueck is well-known in new music circles, premiering and commissioning works by composers Eve Beglarian, Lisa Bielawa, Tom Cipullo, Corey Dargel, Louis Durey, Daniel Felsenfeld, Judd Greenstein, John Glover, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Gilda Lyons, and Matthew Schickele, to name a few. Jocelyn was a collaborator on the Billboard Chart-topper Five Borough Songbook, a seminal collection of songs by New York City’s most innovative composers. She was a pianist for the premieres of the second volume of the songbook in January of 2017, for songs by Lembit Beecher, Conrad Cummings, Marie Incontrera, Libby Larsen, Hannah Lash, Robert Paterson, Kevin Puts and Gregory Spears. Jocelyn is a featured artist on an album of Matthew Schickele's solo and four-hands piano music, premiering in summer 2018. The album release marks four decades of duet playing with her brother, Byron Dueck.
Jocelyn is on the Collaborative Piano faculty at Carnegie Mellon and has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, NYU and Mannes: The New School for Music, doing language preparation for their opera departments as well as teaching diction. Specific contributions include English Diction at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program and at Carnegie Mellon, Italian and German Diction at MSM, French and English language preparation at Juilliard, Italian Diction at Bard Conservatory, and German Lieder and American Art Song at Mannes. She has crafted a new course in language diction for collaborative pianists at Carnegie Mellon entitled Sprezzatura. As a coach, Jocelyn has served on the music staffs at Glimmerglass Opera, Seattle Opera, L’Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice and the CoOPERAtive program at Westminster Choir College.
Honors and awards include grants from the Classical Recording Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections, American Composers Forum Encore, a Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship, and a Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade grant with her pianist sibling trio, Dueck Three for their concert tour of China. She was the proud recipient of the 2016 Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation.
Jocelyn received a BA in Piano Performance and DMA in Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Minnesota under Karl Paulnack and Margo Garrett. Her dissertation focused on the unpublished song cycles of Les Six composer Louis Durey. She is the leading expert on Durey’s songs in North America, having premiered the greater part of these cycles over the past decade. Jocelyn recently released the album Durey Rediscovered, engineered by Grammy award-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, with New Focus Recordings. The groundbreaking album presents Durey’s unpublished songs, interpreted by singers Jesse Blumberg, Bill Burden, Sidney Outlaw, and Adriana Zabala.
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